- Birth name:
- Michael Damian Weir
- Date of Birth:
- 26 April 1962 San Diego, California, USA
- 6' (1.83 m)
Most widely known for his eighteen year run as Danny Romalotti on the number one rated daytime drama, "The Young and the Restless" (1973), Michael Damian has reached an audience of over 100 million around the world.In the feature film arena, he recently landed two co-starring roles in the films Justice (1999/I) (TV), a crime/drama starring James Belushi and JoBeth Williams and the independent Arthouse film, "A Boy and his Gun". Damian made his film debut in the Garry Marshall directed comedy Young Doctors in Love (1982) and enjoyed a recurring role for two seasons on NBC's "The Facts of Life" (1979). Among other recent work, Damian joined co-stars Corbin Bernsen and Kate Jackson in the CBS television movie of the week, _Cold Heart of a Killer, The (1996) (TV)_ and starred in the crime/drama telefilm "Death's Handwriting".Enjoying crossover success in the worlds of music and theater, Damian captured the starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber/'Tim Rice''s Broadway production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". "Joseph" became the highest grossing revival in L.A. history. Damian continued on to New York where the show succeeded in breaking Broadway's box office records. He was nominated for a Grammy, for the cast album.On the music front, Damian recorded his first solo album at the age of 17, which yielded the Top 40 hit, "She Did It". After releasing two albums in Canada and Europe, Damian's singing career was launched in the U.S. when his single "Rock On" soared to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning him gold records in the U.S., Canada and Japan. In addition to singing on Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Best of Broadway Collection, Damian has released five albums and has had eight Top 40 hits including "Was It Nothing At All" which earned him a BMI Song Writing Award. In Europe, Damian recorded the duet, "Don't Make Me Wait", with Turkish pop star, Pinar Aydin, which soared to Number One in the Middle East. In France, he recorded the summer hit single "Reggae Life", with Indra, which was featured on "Jean Pierre Foucault" and "50 Ans des Tubes".After years in front of the camera, Damian moved into the world of directing, helming numerous MTV music videos for the groups, "Louie Aqua Verde" and "Jade's Release". He then partnered with his writer/producer wife Janeen Damian and the two formed the Television/Film Production Company, "Damian Entertainment". Together, they produced the short film, "Finders Keepers" marking Damian's writing and directorial debut. Starring the veteran actors James Best (_"Dukes of Hazard, The" (1979)_ and is his father-in-law) and Quinn K. Redeker (The Deer Hunter (1978)), the film debuted at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival and screened at the Benodet Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival and the Science Fiction Film Festival de Nantes. They went on to co-produce the telefilm "Death's Handwriting" with Turkish Production Company, Media Films. In 1999, the Damian's moved to Paris and wrote the new Action/Drama series, _Red Eye (2001/I) (TV)_, which stars Michael as ex-CIA agent, Julian Decker.